Useda / Uthman

Domingo H. Useda, MD (1984)


Dr. Domingo H. Useda was born in Leone, Nicaragua in 1926 to Timotea Hernandez Fonseca Useda and Domingo Useda Valle. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Universidad Nacional de Nicaragua in 1948. Dr. Useda married Isabel Guthrie, and they had eight children Charlotte, Bradford, Richard, Lauren, Janet, Robin, Juan, and Celina. After Isabel passed away, Dr. Useda re-married Maria Elena. They were married twenty-five years.
Dr. Useda died on June 7, 2011 at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Useda received his MD degree from the Universidad Nacional de Nicaragua, Fac. Med. Leon, Nicaragua in 1952, graduating as valedictorian of his class. He completed an internship at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans in 1953, and did his first pathology residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. In 1954 he did additional pathology training with Dr. A. O. Severance at Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. He completed his pathology training in 1957 and was board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 1960.

Dr. Useda took a position as director of pathology at Torbett Clinic-Hospital in Marlin, Texas and as a consultant in pathology to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital. In 1959, after much deliberation Dr. Useda declined an academic position in Nicaragua, and decided to raise his family in the United States. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1962.

He decided to work in the Rio Grande Valley area, and took positions as director of pathology at the HCA Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, laboratory director at Mission Hospital in Mission and Starr County Hospital in Rio Grande City, and consultant for Edinburgh General Hospital in Edinburgh. He would eventually serve as president of the Board of Trustees of Rio Grande Regional Hospital and director pathology at McAllen General Hospital. He maintained the position of director of pathology form 1960 until 1982. He was also the owner and director of Mid Valley Laboratory of Pathology of Weslaco from 1963 until 1982.

From 1977 until 1982, Dr. Useda was the pathology services director at Knapp Medical Hospital and in 1982 took the position of director of pathology services at Rio Grande Regional Hospital, which he held until until 2007.  He served as the pathology services director at Edinburgh Hospital from 1983 until 1995.

In 1975 he assumed the role of medical director at Rio Grande Valley Blood Systems. Additionally, he worked to educate people on AIDS and proper care for patients. In the area of academics, Dr. Useda served as director of medical technology at the University of Texas Pan American Program and was associate professor of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

In organized medicine, Dr. Useda served as president of the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society. He served as foreman to the Texas Delegation to the College of American Pathologists. Additionally, he was active in the Texas Medical Association and the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Useda retired in 2007.  

Texas Society of Pathologists

In 1993 Dr. Useda was the first “Valley” pathologist to receive the George T. Caldwell, MD Award for his contributions to the field of pathology and the second Hispanic to receive the award.

Dr. Useda served as president of the TSP in 1984 and is credited with establishing the House of Delegates system during his term of office.

Notable Publication(s)

Bauer, H., Ajello, L., Adams, E., & Hernandez, D. U. (1955). Cerebral mucormycosis: Pathogenesis of the disease: Description of the fungus, rhizopus oryzae, isolated from a fatal case. The American journal of medicine, 18(5), 822-831.

Edward O. Uthman, MD (2014)

Dr. Edward “Ed” O. Uthman was born on March 4, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Battle Ground Academy in nearby Franklin in 1970, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1967 at the age of fifteen.

He is married to fellow pathologist, Dr. Margaret Uthman, and they have two adult children, Marissa Venable and Andrew Uthman.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Uthman received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rhodes College in 1974.  He received his MD degree in 1977 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He did his pathology residency also at the UT Health Science Center and was board certified in clinical and anatomical pathology in 1981. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked as an emergency room nursing assistant at Miller Hospital in Nashville, and during his residency, he worked part-time as Assistant County Medical Examiner for Shelby County.

In 1982, Dr. Uthman moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to serve as assistant professor of pathology at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine. While there he won the Golden Apple Award for Best Teacher of Preclinical Sciences in 1983, 1985, and 1986.

In 1986 Dr. Uthman moved to Houston, Texas where he joined Brown & Associates Medical Laboratories. He became a general partner in 1991 and is currently still practicing there. Dr. Uthman also serves as Laboratory Medical Director and on the Board of Directors of OakBend Medical Center in Richmond. He has been chief of staff twice during his time at OakBend.

Dr. Uthman currently serves as adjunct professor of pathology at The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, a position he has held since 2002. He has won awards for his participation in the sophomore pathology course lecture series.

Aside from practice and academia, Dr. Uthman has served on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston and served for nine years as Deputy State Commissioner for Inspections and Accreditations of the College of American Pathologists. Additionally, he is the co-owner of PATH-L, the longest-running online discussion group for pathologists.

Dr. Uthman served as president of the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists in 2006 and has served on panels or committees for the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the College of American Pathologists. He is a member of the Fort Bend County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Uthman served as president of the TSP in 2014 and received the Presidential Award in 2009. In the past several years the field of pathology has changed, leading Dr. Uthman to encourage pathologists to interact more with their hospital community (See his editorial “Getting out from behind the paraffin curtain” in Arch Path Lab Med, Vol 138, January 2014).

Additionally, Dr. Uthman continues to work with the Education Foundation for young pathologists and is the Chair of the Communications Committee.

Notable Publication(s)

Dr. Uthman is the author of the book Understanding Anemia, published in 1998. He is also on the Executive Advisory Board of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Giltman, L. I., Osborne, P. T., Coleman, S. A., & Uthman, E. O. (1985). Paget's disease of the anal mucosa in association with carcinoma demonstrating mucoepidermoid features. Journal of surgical oncology, 28(4), 277-280.
Cohen, C., Sharkey, F. E., Shulman, G., Uthman, E. O., & Budgeon, L. R. (1987). Tumor‐associated antigens in breast carcinomas. Prognostic significance. Cancer, 60(6), 1294-1298.
Uthman E, Understanding Anemia, University Press of Mississippi, 1998.